Aug 31 2014

The Beautiful Sounds of Tiki Music!

Published by under Tiki Music

Martin Denny - Exotica

Martin Denny – Exotica

Clearly I love Tiki as I contribute to this blog, but I have to say one thing about the Tiki culture I truly love is the music! It transports me to a kinder, gentler period of time.

Tiki music came about from artists like Les Baxter, Arthur Lyman, and Martin Denny. These talented artists blended the Tiki idea through jazz music dotted with Polynesian, Asian, and Latin instruments. The “tropical” themes that emerged created the Exotica genre. Martin Denny described the musical style as “a combination of the South Pacific and the Orient…what a lot of people imagined the islands to be like…it’s pure fantasy though.” I think that pretty much sums it up perfectly!

This music blended the elements of Afro-Cuban rhythms, unusual and unique instrumentations, wildlife and environmental sounds, and lush romantic themes (and beauties) from Hollywood films. It is somehow sweet and sensual rolled into one wonderful harmony.

The age of Tiki music rode a wave of popularity in the late 1950s and early 1960s. This was due to the fact that Hawaii became the 50th state in 1959! Once Hawaii was inducted as a new state, Tiki hut bars and restaurants popped up around the continental United States like pretty, pink, drink umbrellas. Although the craze may have died a bit, I think the love of Tiki is still popular today, and living on with blogs like this one!


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Aug 31 2014

Tiki Hello Kitty Restaurant in Waikiki Hawaii

Published by under Tiki Bars

Honolulu Hulu at Makittii in Waikiki

Honolulu Hulu at Makittii in Waikiki

There is a Tiki themed and Hello Kitty themed restaurant in Hawaii called Makittii. It looks like the most adorable place in the world with large stuffed Hello Kitty dolls all over the place. It also looks quite delicious as it has a large buffet of Hawaiian food to boot.

Their all you can buffet features everything from seafood to sweets and is sure to bring out the kid in all of us.  This video features some of the awesome hula dancing provided at this restaurant. It is quite adorable and I’m already planning my trip to Hawaii to check it out!

I now consider Hawaii to be one of the most magical places in the world! Check out the video below and start planning your trip now!

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Aug 31 2014

Behind the Scenes: SHAG’s 40th Anniversary Art at Walt Disney World Resort

SHAG's 40th Anniversary Art at Walt Disney World Resort

SHAG’s 40th Anniversary Art at Walt Disney World Resort

I found this video today and it is absolutely MAGICAL! Of course Disney World is utterly magical, but to have an art collaboration with Josh Agle, AKA Shag, is so incredible.

In this video you see a short interview with Josh Agle, AKA Shag, about his art and how Disney World has influenced his work and life. Personally, I own one fabulous Shag piece of art and I love it so much. I am hoping to add more to my collection, but we shall see.

Check out the video below and fall in love with Shag! He has the most amazing line of Tiki art that is quite inspiring and coveted by Tiki lovers all over the world.

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Aug 31 2014

Tiki Bar: The Animated Series Opening Credits First Draft

Tiki Bar

Tiki Bar

I found this video on Youtube today and I love it! It is entitled:  Tiki Bar: The Animated Series Opening Credits First Draft

It appears the poster of this video did not following through with actually making the animated series? Or at least I cannot find it online. It truly has so much potential I want to watch the cartoon!

In the opening credits you will see guest appearances from: Tiki, Dean Martin’s Ghost, Martini, Colette, Natalie, PT Chris, Karl & Zag. They look like such a fun and interesting bunch! This is was put together by 3rd Martini and I hope he follows through with this for us Tiki fanatics out there.

You can watch the short video clip below, enjoy!


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Aug 30 2014

Custom Tiki Bar

Published by under Tiki Bars

Custom Home built Tiki bar

Custom Home built Tiki bar

I love hosting Tiki parties and with the warm summer months ahead I would love to have a custom made Tiki bar for the back yard! I know I would be the envy of all my Tiki-loving friends and I think the video below is an example of an awesome custom made Tiki Bar!

It is super cute and fun and I think I would really enjoy serving cocktails and delicious drinks from behind that bar! I think I’m going to show my husband this video tonight and talk him into purchasing this. I’m sure he knows we need a Tiki bar too – haha!

Check out the short video below on this custom made Tiki bar. It is so cute and so fun, I’m sure any Tiki party lover would love to own this one too!


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